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Sigh.... last minute trip planning

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Las Vegas, Nevada
posts: 14
Sigh.... last minute trip planning

My partner and I live in Las Vegas and have been attempting all year to get to the Grand Canyon and do the rim to rim hike, with no luck. We're moving in August and are now getting super antsy to make sure we visit! A work event just canceled, leaving us with Memorial weekend totally free, however, I understand that it is basically impossible to get either a camping permit or reservations at Phantom Ranch in this time frame.

This is probably our last shot at visiting (at least while we live here). Is there any way of us doing the rim to rim hike? If it just ain't gonna happen, what other suggestions do you have for still having a super hiking intensive, adventurous, and beautiful Grand Canyon trip?

I appreciate your help so much!

Las Vegas, Nevada
posts: 14
21. Re: Sigh.... last minute trip planning

Hey all! I know this is a little belated, but I wanted to let you know that we had an amazing trip and I am super indebted to all your advice!

We stayed at the Grand Canyon Lodge at the North Rim on the first night (how adorable are those little cabins! ) and started hiking around 5:30am the next morning. We reached Phantom Ranch pretty late, maybe around 4:30pm, due to an extended hang-out at Ribbon Falls (which was totally worth it!) , then hiked the rest of the way out on Bright Angel Trail the next day. We spent that night at the South Rim, then took the Grand Canyon Shuttle back to the North Rim at 7:30 am the next morning.

It was such a gorgeous and memorable trip! Thanks!

Sedona, AZ
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22. Re: Sigh.... last minute trip planning

Please take time to write and post a full trip report. Experiences like yours are what help others to duplicate the experience.

South Jersey, USA
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for Grand Canyon National Park
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23. Re: Sigh.... last minute trip planning

So glad you had a great trip!! Thanks for letting us know!


24. Re: Sigh.... last minute trip planning

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